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Australian Safer Communities Local Government Award

8 December 2011

The Circular Head Council was today announced as the National Winner of the Australian Safer Communities Local Government Award.

The National win follows the Council's win in the state finals last month in recognition of Council's Community Road Safety Partnerships (CRSP) program.

Circular Head Mayor Darryl Quilliam said he was very proud to take home the national award for a program that has had such a huge impact on the community.

"This award is in recognition of Council's "Look out for your Mates" program, which was released following a string of particularly bad accidents in Circular Head," Mayor Quilliam said.

"The idea is to encourage people to look after their mates by discouraging risky behavior on our roads, for example, not letting them drive if they have been drinking in an effort to keep them safe."

The program was established following work by a committee established in Circular Head in 2007, which was made up of local service groups, education, police, transport, Council representatives and others to deliver the CRSP program.

A number of small projects were organised under the "Look out for your Mates" banner to raise awareness of road safety in the Circular Head community.

Projects have included or continue to include: a short film competition through local high schools, electronic signage that regularly displays road safety messages, merchandise for licensees such as bar mats, stickers, posters and signage in a prominent place in the CBD that reinforced the road safety message.

Following the success of the campaign, other initiatives have started including the Circular Head Liquor Accord and a late night food van that operates on Saturday nights.

"The idea of a food van came from a young person in Circular Head who was left a quadriplegic and her friend killed in a car accident. They were on their way to McDonalds in Burnie when the accident happened," Mayor Quilliam said.

"The van operates from 10pm until late and enables young people to buy hot food here in town rather than risk driving late at night to get fast food."

Mayor Quilliam said the Council was very pleased to be part of the program.

"Feedback and involvement in the program suggests that it has been a success and the fact that there has only been one fatality in the municipality since January 2011 for example, and while this is one too many, is certainly better than where we were a couple of years ago," Mayor Quilliam said.

"Something like "Look out for your Mates" helps us build a safe community for everyone and I would like to thank the Community Services staff for their involvement in what has been a very successful initiative."